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Boy-oh-boy

Boy-oh-boy, the lovely wife Noell and I found out a week ago we are having a baby boy and I couldn't be more excited. As the day approached for us to go get the "find out the sex ultra-sound" I was nervous for several reasons....more >>

Letter to the Editor:New trustee, new problems

In a recent letter to the editor, Donni Steele expressed her displeasure with the Township Board because they denied a safety path along Indianwood Rd.  The reason for the denial was due to the objections of the citizens who live in the area....more >>

Thanks to custodians

As the beginning of another school year approaches, I cannot help but think of those people who have worked so very hard in getting Lake Orion's school buildings ready for our children for so many years… I recall my first day of kindergarten at Blanche Sims Elementary School – September, 1956 – and meeting Mr....more >>

Letter To The Editor . . .

Thank you for support

Dear Editor, A special thank you to everyone who supported my campaign for Independence Township supervisor. Over the past several months, I have had the pleasure of meeting some really great people … folks who are genuinely concerned about their community and who want to see Independence become the pride of Oakland County....more >>

My Way

Mail call!

In 13 years of writing a column, I've never resorted to republishing some reader comments to fill space – until now. But what the heck, I've got a space to fill and frankly, there's nothing much happening around here right now....more >>

Don't Rush Me

My cell phone policy has evolved

(But I still don't like to talk on the phone)

On Aug 16, 2006 I wrote the following: I have had a cell phone now for a couple years, but don't expect me to give you the phone number. Even if I like you. Also, don't look for the number on the bottom of my business card....more >>

Jim's Jottings

Do dogs really enjoy food?

Hazel and I joined a couples golf league at Oxford Hills Golf and Country Club as soon as possible after it opened in 1965. After Hazel passed, daughter Luan filled out our two-some....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Halftime for elections

The campaign season is over, but only for the moment. Unlike 2008, the August primary didn't settle things completely. In that race, all the candidates in Independence and Springfield townships were Republican, so the primary election was pretty much it – the winners ran unopposed in November....more >>

Letter To The Editor . . .

Too much fracking focus

Re: "Activists want to save Bay Court Park," July 4, I spoke w the USGS and the MDEQ about this. There are two possible beds that this could be in regard to, the most shallow of which is 14000 + feet deep, the other 2000+....more >>

Letter To The Editor . . .

Thanks for all your help

Dear Don Rush, Where do I begin? I am truly grateful for all your help in promoting the Backyard Jam, my business, and the dunk tank! I can always count on you and it never goes unappreciated....more >>

Letter To The Editor . . .

Sashabaw troubles

Dear Editor, Our experience with the Oakland County Road Commission regarding activating the crosswalk on Sashabaw Road at Bowpointe has been a lesson in futility. The latest response to the publicity of this dangerous situation has resulted in our tax dollars being wasted on a RCOC crew spending hours doing a complete black bagging of a cross walk that once was a perfectly functioning crosswalk....more >>
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Born July 31st
1837: William Clarke Quantrill, Confederate raider during the American Civil War.
1867: S.S. Kresge, American businessman.
1901: Jean Dubuffet, French sculptor and painter.
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1919: Primo Levi, Italian writer and scientist (Survival in Auschwitz).
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1760: Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick, drives the French army back to the Rhine River.
1790: The U.S. Patent Office opens.
1875: Former president Andrew Johnson dies at the age of 66.
1882: Belle and Sam Starr are charged with horse stealing in the Indian territory.
1891: Great Britain declares territories in Southern Africa up to the Congo to be within their sphere of influence.